Real Friends
When best friends are not forever . . .

Shannon and Adrienne have been best friends ever since they were little. But one day, Adrienne starts hanging out with Jen, the most popular girl in class and the leader of a circle of friends called The Group. Everyone in The Group wants to be Jen's #1, and some girls would do anything to stay on top . . . even if it means bullying others.

Now every day is like a roller coaster for Shannon. Will she and Adrienne stay friends? Can she stand up for herself? And is she in The Group—or out?

Newbery Honor author Shannon Hale and New York Times bestselling illustrator LeUyen Pham join forces in this graphic memoir about how hard it is to find your real friends—and why it's worth the journey.

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Real Friends Reviews

  • Jess Teen's librarian
    May 7, 2017

    Jess Teen's librarian

    Thanks to Net Galley and First Second Books for the ARC!!Real Friends was a emotion filled comic that was fun to read with relate-able characters , yes the main characters story with her up and downs in her friendships will be perfect for helping readers going though the same things bu...

  • Sarah Cass
    May 7, 2017

    Sarah Cass

    I loved this for so many reasons. It felt like my story being told, even though my differences from others were not the same as Shannon's. It wasn't until the end that I realized this was a memoir of sorts. Very true, very special, and really hit my heart. *I received a copy via netgal...

  • Rummanah (Books in the Spotlight)
    May 5, 2017

    Rummanah (Books in the Spotlight)

    In this charming graphic memoir Hale reflects on her elementary school years and focuses on childhood friendship. As a child Shannon feels lost. She does not quite fit in at home, being the middle child between two older and two younger siblings. Shannon also feels a bit lost at school...

  • Laurie
    May 5, 2017


    This is the first graphic novel I have ever read because the genre just doesn't interest me, but I couldn't put it down. This book really captures the essence of what elementary school can be like if you struggled with finding your place among friends. I could relate to so many of Shan...

  • Michelle
    May 5, 2017


    Man this book hit me right in the feels! Navigating friendships in elementary school can be awful, kids can be terrible. I was fortunate to always have at least one good friend but even then "groups" can be a terrifying experience. I also unfortunately related to the mean big sister in...

  • Shelley
    May 4, 2017


    Memoir of Shannon Hale's youth and struggles with friends, the popular girls, and her older sister. This is pretty amazing. It brought back a ton of my own memories about the ins and outs of friendship during elementary and middle school years--and most were not super awesome. It's har...

  • Steph
    May 4, 2017


    The author of Princess in Black writes this (incredibly-illustrated by LeUyen Pham!) graphic novel memoir in which she struggles with finding true friends as she goes through the ups and downs of trying to fit in, both at school and at home.Our kids who love Smile and Sisters will just...

  • Stephanie Tournas
    May 4, 2017

    Stephanie Tournas

    A superb and entertaining slice of middle school life as the odd duck. Not only the odd duck, but the odd duck with an abusive older sister, OCD and super-cliques at school. Hale make the characters, drawn from her life, compelling and believable, with just the right amount of humor. P...

  • Sarah Hay
    May 4, 2017

    Sarah Hay

    Great personal narrative in Graphic novel format. Real Friends follows author Shannon Hale from kindergarten through fifth grade and chronicles the ups and downs of friendships, cliques, and mean girls. Shannon's real life experiences will resonate with many readers who are trying hard...

  • Rebekah
    May 4, 2017


    The hurts and the excitement all felt very real. Made me angry and happy. I'm really glad Hale included the extra perspective on Wendy within the story, and then the authors note to add more about herself and her family. When I was only halfway through I'd started wondering how her fam...